PLANNING A NEW KITCHEN? TAKE NOTE!
1 Quick makeover
If time and money aren’t your friends, try a few cosmetic changes. “One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to add new life to an outdated kitchen is to replace the benchtops,” says Jeneile Kirk from Kaboodle Kitchens (Kaboodle.com.au). Think timber, bamboo, stone, concrete, or DIY-friendly laminate.
2 Size matters
For large, open-plan homes, Jeneile suggests going for a U- or L-shaped kitchen with an island bench or, if you’re stuck for space, “a straight line kitchen is ideal for small, narrow spaces, and often the most inexpensive layout type.”
3 Doors plus
Gloss, matte or woodgrain – the finish of your doors plays a big part in the overall look and feel of your kitchen. “Take sample swatches home to see how they work,” Jeneile suggests. “You can also combine two textures or colours on your base and wall cabinets.”
4 Location, location
While chatting to kitchen experts, you’ll no doubt hear the phrase “the work triangle” being bandied about. “Basically, it’s the distance between your cooktop, fridge and sink – where most kitchen tasks are carried out – and is designed to minimise traffic and promote efficiency,” Jeneile explains. “The most effective workspaces allow 1200mm between each of these stations, which minimises movement in the kitchen and interruptions to the cook.”
5 Everything in its place
“With your kitchen constantly on display, conveniently concealed storage is essential,” says Jeneile, who is a big fan of drawer cabinets. “With the addition of cutlery trays and dividers, they allow you to easily separate – and locate! – utensils and cookware.”
6 Get a handle on it
Don’t forget the smaller fixtures, especially if you’re keen to trial a new trend without overcommitting. According to Jeneile, things like tapware and handles are essential for “adding an element of style and streamlining your look”.
7 Let there be light
Working with sharp knives and around hot surfaces requires top-notch lighting! Make the most of natural light by building shelves and cabinets around your windows, then add downlights or pendants to further illuminate your sink, benches, pantry and stove areas.